In a valley, just over the hill from Mevagissey is the little village of Portmellon. The beach here is flanked by rocks to either side but is itself sandy.
At low tide there is a good expanse of flat sand, however, this all but disappears as the tide comes in. It does seem there is always a good covering of seaweed which detracts from the overall appeal of the beach.
The east facing cove is quite sheltered and when the tide is in is considered fairly safe to swim in, although with no lifeguard service, care should be taken.
The beach at Portmellon runs right up to road. At high tide the water laps only a few feet away from the passing cars. A quick glance at the wooden shutters on the houses that line the seafront across the road are testament to the occasional storm that sends waves washing across the road here.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are banned from the beach during July, August & September
OS grid ref.
SX 0159 4392
Nearest public toilets at Mevagissey. The Rising Sun Inn overlooks the beach.
Limited road parking nearby. There are 4 car parks at Mevagissey.